With thanks to Gavin Thatcher, Standfast and Barracks, who takes a look at the “New Manufacturing” of Printed Textiles in the United Kingdom.
Textile print sampling and the emergence of digital printing
Digital printing was introduced to the textile industry in the late 1990s as an alternative to sampling for bulk production which had very high waste costs.
In practice, of course, the digitally printed sample could never quite match the “analogue” traditionally printed version and whilst the introduction of digitally printed samples definitely improved the times taken in the preproduction process, it never completely replaced the traditional methods of sampling.
However, the technique earned its place in the development stage of the production process and the seed had been planted for a bulk digital textile printing machine.